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The 100 Most Influential Drummers Ever!
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Ok, here's part 2 of The 100 Most Influential Drummers Ever! Let's pick up where we left off. These are the more recent players that have had a huge influence on us. Make sure you check out the bottom of the page to see the ones that narrowly missed making the top 100.

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Bill Ward

Born - 05/1948 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Bill Ward

Just as DJ fontana laid the foundation for rock'n'roll, and John Bonham built the template for hard rock, Bill Ward was the mastermind behind the unholy birth of heavy metal drumming. His playing on 'War Pigs' is pure genius, balancing dark, brooding heaviness with bursts of crushing intensity. Kneel before one of the original metal drummers.

Top 5 tracks:
1. War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
2. Sweet Leaf (Black Sabbath)
3. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
4. Iron Man (Black Sabbath)
5. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath)

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David Garibaldi

Born - 11/1946 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Funk

David Garibaldi

Following on from Bernard Purdie and the James Brown players, Garibaldi's learned approach to the funk has never obscured the feel and depth of his groove. With San Francisco's 'Tower Of Power' he laid down some of the finest ever funk tracks, which still confound players with their jewel-like precision and suprising complexity.

Top 5 tracks:
1. The Oakland Stroke (Tower Of Power)
2. Squib Cakes (Tower Of Power)
3. On The Serious Side (Tower Of Power)
4. Man From The Past (Tower Of Power)
5. Soul Vacation (Tower Of Power)

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Roger Taylor

Born - 07/1949 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Rock

Roger Taylor

Riffs as meaty as Queen's require drums of extreme power and precision. But, the music laid down by Mercury, May, Deacon, and Taylor doesn't stop at hard rock. Drummer Roger has also produced some great beats for the band's funk tunes and piano ballads, demonstrating the kind of versatility that you would expect from one Britains greatest beatsmiths.

Top 5 tracks:
1. We Will Rock You (Queen)
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen)
3. Flash (Queen)
4. Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
5. Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)

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Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie

Born - 06/1939 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Soul, Pop Sessions

Bernard Purdie

Acid-jazz hero Bernard brought soul and funk to the New York session scene of the 60's. No shrinking violet, Bernard carried a placard: "Bernard Purdie - The Little Hit Maker". His trademark hi-hat barks and Purdie shuffle add to the sophistication of top artists such as Roberta Flack, B B king, and Nina Simone. One of the great session players.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Babylon Sisters (Steely Dan)
2. Memphis Soul Stew - Live (King Curtis)
3. Untill You Come Back To me (Aretha Franklin)
4. She's Gone (Hall And Oates)
5. Christopher Columbus (Dizzy Gillespie)

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Terry Bozzio

Born - 12/1950 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock/Fusion

Terry Bozzio

While many great drummers tread the clinic path, Terry is the only one who's developed his melodic ostinato concepts to become a true concert artist - the first kit player promoting concerts of original percussion compositions to the wider public. These compositions are made possible through a massively expanded kit with chromatically tuned toms.

Top 5 tracks:
1. The Black Page (Frank Zappa)
2. The Purple Lagoon (Frank Zappa)
3. Skunk Funk (Brecker Brothers)
4. Big Block (Jeff Beck)
5. Solo Drum Music (Terry Bozzio)

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Stewart Copeland

Born - 07/1952 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Pop/Rock

Stewart Copeland

When 70's prog rock was devastated by the arrival of punk, the only cool alternative around was ska/reggae. Copeland and his band 'The Police' uniquely combined rock with reggae in one of the most skilful fusions that pop has ever seen. Manic punk energy collided with the spaced out half-time rhythms of Jamaica. Copeland mixed the broken triplet hi-hat grooves of Carlton Barrett with his own explosive rock style. Over this he laid tiny splashes and high pitched percussive elements reflecting his childhood in Beruit. The resulting fusion shaped one of rock's most imitated styles.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Roxanne (The Police)
2. Walking On The Moon (The Police)
3. So Lonely (The Police)
4. Driven To Tears (The Police)
5. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (The Police)

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Phil Rudd

Born - 05/1954 | Nationality - Australian |
Genre - Hard Rock

Phil Rudd

Proving rock'n'roll ain't noise pollution, the rock hard beat of AC/DC's Phil Rudd is like a solid, no fuss meal at your local steak house. His less-is-more power play and behind the beat groove has inspired chopsmiths the world over to play with feel and master the 2 and 4.

Top 5 tracks:
1. It's A long Way To The Top, If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll (AC/DC)
2. Highway To Hell (AC/DC)
3. Back In Black (AC/DC)
4. You Shoook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
5. Rock'n'Roll Train (AC/DC)

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Topper Headon

Born - 05/1955 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Punk Rock

Topper Headon

Alongside Sex Pistol Paul Cook, Topper Headon was the driving force of punk and an unlikely choice for 'The Clash' with his background in soul and jazz. But he soon turned out to be the band's secret weapon, helping them to assimilate all sorts of styles from funk and reggae to jazz and rockabilly. His drumming pushed the band to new impressive heights, while his hi-hat work and driving snare-kick patterns are simply masterful.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Rock The Casbah (The Clash)
2. Train In Vain (The Clash)
3. Rudie Can't Fail (The Clash)
4. Holidays In The Sun (The Sex Pistols)
5. Anarchy In The UK (The Se Pistols)

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Tony Thompson

Born - 11/1954 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Pop/Rock

Tony Thompson

The sadly missed Tony Thompson put the power into pop. Working with Nile Rogers in 'Chic' he could hammer a four on the floor disco beat with a vengeance. When the disco era staggerd to a close, he played on Madonna's 'Like A Virgin' and even performed with Led Zeppelin at Live Aid in the 80's.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Le Freak (Chic)
2. We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
3. Addicted To Love (Robert Palmer)
4. Let's Dance (David Bowie)
5. Some Like It Hot (The Power Station)

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Sly Dunbar

Born - 05/1952 | Nationality - Jamaican |
Genre - Reggae

Sly Dunbar

Known simply as Sly and Robbie, Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespear are the most celebrated rhythm section and production team in reggae. Somehow they have managed to mix dancehall and funk, rock and electronica, into the hippest and most infectious mix imaginable. In the course of their playing they have appeared with artists as diverse as the Stones, Sinead O' Conor and Bob Dylan.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Legalise It (Peter Tosh)
2. Nightclubbing (Grace Jones)
3. Pull Up To The Bumper (Grace Jones)
4. Spongi Reggae (Black Uhuru)
5. Happiness (Black Uhuru)

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Stephen Morris

Born - 10/1957 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Rock

Stephen Morris

It takes a pretty relaxed drummer to relinquish the throne when a band goes electronic. But, that's just what Morris did in the late 80's with 'New Order' - handing over his beats to a computer. Morris actually came to light with the band's previous incarnation 'Joy Division', using electronic drum pads and drum machines in a diverse range of rhythm shifts, rolls and beats that helped define the post-punk sound. Stephen is the master of simplicity, adding microsecond precise kick drum and snare drum to both band's hugely influential sounds.

Top 5 tracks:
1. She's Lost Control (Joy Division)
2. Transmission (Joy Division)
3. The Perfect Kiss (New Order)
4. Bizzare Love Triangle (New Order)
5. True Faith (New Order)

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Nicko McBrain

Born - 06/1954 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Nick McBrain

Iron Maiden, the unstoppable metal behemoth, have been driven for over three decades by Clive Burr and Nicko McBrain. The former, who is now sidelined by illness, played raw and powerful drums, while the latter is more of a technician, applying exquistely precise rolls to Maiden's famous galloping riffs. Both are super players.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Purgatory (Iron Maiden)
2. Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
3. The Trooper (Iron Maiden)
4. 2 Minutes To Midnight (Iron Maiden)
5. Can I Play With Madness (Iron Maiden)

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Sheila E

Born - 12/1957 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Sheila E

Sheila Escovedo raps as well as she drums. which is to say brilliantly. Although her career has been understated since the phenominal success of Prince's 'Sign Of The Times' and 'Lovesexy' albums back in 1987 and 1988, those albums contain more flash and funk than most players squeeze into an entire career.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Housequake (Prince)
2. The Cross (Prince)
3. Starfish And Coffee(Prince)
4. Alphabet Street (Prince)
5. Dance On (Prince)

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Charlie Benante

Born - 11/1962 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Charlie Benante

Alongside fellow beatsmiths Dave Lombardo and Lars Ulrich, New York's Charlie Benante was vital to the development of thrash metal in the 1980's. With super quick hands and feet, Benante exemplifies what makes thrash so thrilling. As one of Anthrax's main songwriters, his demanding drum parts are integral to every track.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Madhouse (Anthrax)
2. Caught In A Mosh (Anthrax)
3. Got The Time (Anthrax)
4. Only (Anthrax)
5. What Doesn't Die (Anthrax)

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Dave Lombardo

Born - 02/1965 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Dave Lombardo

An influence on every single extreme metal drummer ever (but also delivering tight chops on prog, world, and classical releases too). Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has few equals when he gets his groove on. Watch out for his famous 'falling-through-the-drums' fills, that somehow always come off despite their length and complexity.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Necrophobic (Slayer)
2. Raining Blood (Slayer)
3. Ghosts OF War (Slayer)
4. Flesh Storm (Slayer)
5. Supremist (Slayer)

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Mike Portnoy

Born - 04/1967 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Progressive Metal

Mike Portnoy

Prog metal was a joke when Mike co-founded Dream Theater, but they have redefined the genre, releasing albums of complexity and ambition. Some think that DT sacrificed good songwriting for technicality, but 10 million album sales can't be wrong?

Top 5 tracks:
1. Pull Me Under (Dream Theater)
2. The Mirror (Dream Theater)
3. A Change Of Seasons (Dream Theater)
4. Just Let Me Breath (Dream Theater)
5. Kindred Spirits (Liquied Tension Experiment)

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Matt Cameron

Born - 11/1962 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Matt Cameron

A pioneer of the Seattle grunge explosion, Matt's funkadelic and Led Zeppelin tinged jazz beats have earned him the title 'Steve Gadd of the rock world'. His intuitive odd time twists, turns, ghost notes, and sheer musicallity have raised the bar in trap set taste, dynamics and groove.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Wooden Jesus (Temple Of The Dog)
2. Jesus Christ Pose (Soundgarden)
3. Rusty Cage (Soundgarden)
4. Spoonman (Soundgarden)
5. Cropduster (Pearl Jam)

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Dave Grohl

Born - 01/1969 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Dave Grohl

Dave's combination of hardcore power, punk fury, and hard rock grooving was essential to Nirvana's sound. His massive subsequent success with the Foo Fighters and many guest spots for Queens Of The Stone Age, Juliette And The Licks, Killing Joke, and even Tenacious D have cemented his place as alternative rock's most recognisable drummer.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
2. Drain You (Nirvana)
3. Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters)
4. My Poor Brain (Foo Fighters)
5. No One Knows (Queens Of The Stone Age)

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Cindy Blackman

Born - 11/1959 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Jazz, Rock, Soul

Cindy Blackman

If there is one thing to know about Cindy Blackman, it's that she can not only play any style she turns her hand to, but excels at everything she does. She famously toured with rocker Lenny Kravitz and has been soulful with Joss Stone, but her true love remains jazz.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Super Duper Love (Joss Stone)
2. Right To Be Wrong (Joss Stone)
3. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz)
4. Spank, Teeter Totter (Cindy Blackman)
5. The Drums And Me (Cindy Blackman)

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Brad Wilk

Born - 09/1968 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Brad Wilk

Bringing the cowbell back into vouge is just one of Brad's achievements. He used it often with rap-metallers 'Rage Against The Machine'. With 'Audioslave' he played with a hint of John Bonham's style but also with super-tight hi-hats and beats that brought a crisp, almost funky feel to the table.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Killing In The Name (Rage Against The Machine)
2. Bullet In The Head (Rage Against The Machine)
3. Bulls On Parade (Rage Against The Machine)
4. Cochise (Audioslave)
5. Your Time Has Come (Audioslave)

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Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez

Born - 04/1963 | Nationality - Cuban |
Genre - Latin, Jazz

Horacio

Horacio was not the first Latin kit player to maintain a left foot clave ostinato, but he was the one who did it most comprehensively, musically, cooly, and downright effortlessly. He laid down the gauntlet and initiated a drumming revolution.

Top 5 tracks:
1. This Way Out (Michel Camilo)
2. Dichotomy (Michel Camilo)
3. Mr Bruce (Roy Hargroves)
4. Afrodisia (Roy Hargroves)
5. Last Minute (Italuba)

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?uestlove

Born - 01/1971 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Hip Hop

Ahmir Thompson

In a genre that is utterly dominated by programmers and samples, The Root's Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson serves as a constant reminder that there is no substitue for the creativity of a live drummer. Gigging since he was seven years old, ?uestlove's timekeeping is metronomic but never mechanical.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Do You Want More (The Roots)
2. Mellow My Man (The Roots)
3. Din Da Da (The Roots)
4. Fell In Love With A Boy (Joss Stone)
5. Funky Kingston (Toots And The Maytals)

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Travis Barker

Born - 11/1975 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Punk Rock

Travis Barker

Proof that punk and talent are not mutually exclusive, Barker hit the scene with Blink 182 in a blur of hands and body ink, influencing kids to to take up drums, and raising their standards with a style flavoured by ska, hip hop, and jazz. Numerous production credits and recent rap remixes have raised his creditials as a multi-talented musician.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Adam's Song (Blink 182)
2. All The Small Things (Blink 182)
3. Feeling This (Blink 182)
4. When Your Heart Stops Beating (+44)
5. I Feel So (Boxcar Racer)

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Chris Pennie

Born - Unknown | Nationality - American |
Genre - Progessive Metal

Chris Pennie

Wether hitting hard with 'Dillinger Escape Plan' or his new band 'Coheed And Cambria', Chris Pennie plays things that you and I never will. The complexitiy of his playing and the vast scope of his knowledge make him one of the world's most impossible players to emulate - and he's a great guy too.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Calculating Infinity (Dillinger Escape Plan)
2. Pig Latin (Dillinger Escape Plan)
3. Unretrofied (Dillinger Escape Plan)
4. Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants (Dillinger Escape Plan)
5. The Perfect Design (Dillinger Escape Plan)

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Jon Theodore

Born - 12/1973 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Prog Rock

Jon Theodore

With odd time signatures and a wilful disregard for the limits of genre, 'The Mars Volta' play music that is explosively imaginative and dizzying in depth. First bolstered by the brilliant Jon Theodore and now by the prodigious Thomas Pridgen, both drummers are technical giants and they have both risen to the challenge of some inovative compositions. Mind-blowing stuff.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Drunkship Of Lanterns (Mars Volta)
2. Cicatriz ESP (Mars Volta)
3. Vermicide (Mars Volta)
4. Wax Simulcra (Mars Volta)
5. Golliath (Mars Volta)

Billy Cobham

Born - 05/1944 | Nationality - Panamanian |
Genre - Jazz/Fusion

Billy Cobham

Cobham's breakthrough with the Mahavishnu Orchestra around 1970 was a defining moment in drum history. With his massive double bass drum kit and unbelievably furious rolls he seemed almost to mock the puny efforts of his predecessors in both jazz and rock. Like Buddy Rich, Cobham was a jazz virtuoso who inspired rock players as much as jazzers. He also introduced the truly modern extended drum kit, with mounted gong drum, upturned china trash-ride and pitched Octobans. Finally, he did all this playing 'open handed', leading logically with his left so as not to cross over hands to the hi-hat.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
2. Noonward Race (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
3. Right Off (Miles Davis)
4. Quadrant 4 (Billy Cobham)
5. Stratus (Billy Cobham)

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Cozy Powell

Born - 12/1947 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Rock

Cozy Powell

In a career that spanned three decades, Cozy Powell reigned as one of the mightiest drummers in all of rock. He played with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, MSG and still found time to make hit reocrds as a solo artist. He had the chops, groove and charisma of a superstar.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Love live Rock'n'Roll (Rainbow)
2. Since You've Been Gone (Rainbow)
3. Killer (Cozy Powell)
4. Slide It In (Whitesnake)
5. When Death Calls (Black Sabbath)

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Harvey Mason

Born - 02/1947 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Jazz/Fusion

Harvey Mason

Combining a jazz drummer's gift for improvisation with a funk master's pocket and groove, Harvey Mason was a pioneer in the jazz-funk fusion scene. He caught the jazz world's ear with his work with Donald Byrd in the 1970's before hooking up with Herbie Hancock in the seminal Head Hunters.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Watermelon man (Head Hunters)
2. This Masquerade (George Benson)
3. 101 Eastbound (Fourplay)
4. Groovin' You (Harvey Mason)
5. Sho Nuff Groove (Harvey Mason)

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Steve Gadd

Born - 04/1945 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Jazz, Pop, Fusion, Latin, Sessions

Steve Gadd

Drumming can be defined as before and after swing, bebop, and rock...it can also be defined as before and after Steve Gadd. His impact is that important. Steve brought to the studio a clarity and precision that foretold the digital age. Slipping linear grooves into impossibly hip pockets, no wonder every other drummer suddenly sounded old hat. Everyone jumped on the band wagon and copied Steve's sound. But what really sets Steve apart from the rest is not just his perfect technique. It's when you add in his passion and intensity, the deepest groove of all, then you understand why he's revered like no other drummer alive.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Late In The Evening (Paul Simon)
2. Aja (Steely Dan)
3. Sicily (Chick Corea)
4. The Trial (Chick Corea)
5. Silly Putty (Stanley Clarke)

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Jeff Porcaro

Born - 04/1954 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock/Pop

Jeff Porcaro

The son of jazz drummer Joe Porcaro, Jeff was one of three musical brothers in the band Toto. Away from his siblings, Jeff carved out a niche the size of the Grand Canyon, playing sessions for Michael Jackson and Madonna. Jeff's Inimitable style is encapsulated on Toto's 'Rosanna'.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Rosanna (Toto)
2. Africa (Toto)
3. Teaser (Tommy bolin)
4. Black Friday (Steely Dan)
5. Night By Night (Steely Dan)

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Neil Peart

Born - 09/1952 | Nationality - Canadian |
Genre - Rock

Neil Peart

The Professor remains of the most revered players in rock more than 30 years after his debut on Rush's 'Fly By Night'. Peart's ability to craft meticulously detailed and musically complex drum parts has justly earned him a legion of fans. He constantly strives for perfection, and often reaches it.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Cygnus X-1 (Rush)
2. Spirit Of Radio (Rush)
3. Tom Sawyer (Rush)
4. Leave That Thing Alone (Rush)
5. One Little Victory (Rush)

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Alex Van Halen

Born - 05/1953 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Alex Van Halen

While the singers have come and gone, Alex van Halen has always been the backbone of Van Halen, providing the foundation for his brother Edward's guitar virtuosity. Alex's versatility has allowed him to tackle everything from the aggressive 'Outta Love Again' to the double kick shuffle of 'Hot For Teacher'.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Dance the Night Away (Van Halen)
2. Outta Love Again (Van Halen)
3. Jamie's Cryin' (Van Halen)
4. Romeo Delight (Van Halen)
5. Hot For Teacher (Van Halen)

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Steve Smith

Born - 08/1954 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Jazz, Rock, Fusion

Steve Smith

For three decades Steve Smith has been one of the most respected beatsmiths on the planet. He's done it all: rock star with 'Journey', fusion with 'Steps Ahead', jazz with 'Buddy's Buddies', and Indo-fusion with 'Zakir Hussain'. He also strives to educate everyone about the depth of American music.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Cajun (Steps Ahead)
2. Subzero (Vital Tech Tones)
3. Cranial Jam (Vital Infomation)
4. Stitching Time (George Brooks Summit)
5. Cool (Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies)

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Vinnie Colaiuta

Born - 02/1956 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock, Jazz, Sessions

Vinnie Colaiuta

Vinnie is regarded by his peers as the most advanced kit drummer of our age. It's his musical brain that marks him. When he goes 'out', drummers shake their heads..."what was that?" "I don't know, but I loved it". However crazy the fills, Vinnie knows exactly what he's doing...and he still grooves.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Keep It Greasy (Frank Zappa)
2. You Dream Flat Tyres (Joni Mitchell)
3. Bruce Lee (Vinnie Colaiuta)
4. Nothing Personal (Karizma)
5. Big Block (Jeff Beck)

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Tommy Lee

Born - 10/1962 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Glam Metal

Tommy Lee

Cynics dismiss him as a drugs trashcan, but even at the height of his headonism, Motley Crue's only world-class musician was more influential than under the influence. With his manic fills, monster power, and gonzoid solos, Tommy put more butts on drum stools in the 1980's than anyone else. And he did it upside-down.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Live Wire (Motely Crue)
2. Too Fast For Love (Motley Crue)
3. Wildside (Motley Crue)
4. Dr Feelgood (Motley Crue)
5. Girls, Girls, Girls (Motley Crue)

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Lars Ulrich

Born - 11/1963 | Nationality - Danish |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Lars Ulrich

Proof that you don't need to rely on super-chops to rise to the top of the rock pile, Lars Ulrich applies solid rather than scintillating skills to the kit, excelling at short, single-stroke rolls and double kick drums. He has an ear for unusual rhythms, and if big cymbals are your thing, look no further. One of rock's great players.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Motorbreath (Metallica)
2. Fight Fire With Fire (Metallica)
3. And Justice For All (Metallica)
4. Sad But True (Metallica)
5. Frantic (Metallica)

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Dave Weckl

Born - 01/1960 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Jazz/Fusion

Dave Weckl

Dave breathtakingly weaved acoustic and electronic drums in Chick Corea's 80's Elektric Band. His post-machine, post-Gadd precision heralded a new age in jazz-fusion drumming. Observers were staggered and yet some also suggested that he lacked feel. You just can't win! Dave's subsequent and varied volume of work has surely proven them all wrong.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Rumble (Chick Corea Elektric)
2. Spain (Chick Corea Akoustic Band)
3. Mud Sauce (Dave Weckl Band)
4. High Life (Dave Weckl Band)
5. Rockin' At Midnight (Robert Plant)

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Brendan Canty

Born - 03/1966 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Brendan Canty

With 'Rites Of Spring' he created emo, and from the late 80's and through the 90's, 'Fugazi's' DIY values shaped the temperament and tone of American hardcore. A multi-instrumentalist, Canty's measured rhythm changes, rim shots, and explosive burst of power glued their distinctive sounds together.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Latin Roots (Fugazi)
2. Waiting Room (Fugazi)
3. Repeater (Fugazi)
4. Drink Deep (Rites Of Spring)
5. Stupid Now (Bob Mould)

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Dennis Chambers

Born - 05/1959 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Funk, Jazz, Fusion

Dennis Chambers

An extended apprenticeship with funksters collective Parliament-Funkadelic ensured Chambers had the deepest groove. But no one expected what happend when he crossed over to jazz in the eighties. Dennis the menace suddenly became the hottest drummer alive. Sought after by everyone from McLaughlin and Scofield to Santana and Steely Dan.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Cosmic Slop (P-Funk All Stars Live)
2. The Nag (John Scofield)
3. Nature Of The Beast (Bob Berg)
4. Baltimore DC (Dennis Chambers)
5. Outbreak (Dennis Chambers)

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Vinnie Paul

Born -032/1964 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Vinnie Paul

In 1992 Pantera transformed heavy metal with their Vulgar Disply of Power. Vinnie Paul's monster drumming is heavier than a black hole and always grooving. His sound was copied by a generation of metal drummers who tried to replicate his combination of sledgehammer power and irresistable pocket. He's one of Metal's iconic players.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Cowboys From Hell (Pantera)
2. Mouth For War (Pantera)
3. Walk (Pantera)
4. Explode (Damageplan)
5. Goddamn (Hellyeah)

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Chad Smith

Born - 10/1961 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Chad Smith

Chad is a throwback to the times when the best players were also the biggest rock stars. With a wicked right foot like his hero John Bonham, he mixes rock and funk in equal measure. He plays with awesome power and yet always manages to groove, to keep it funky. Chad also gives back to the drumming community at every oppotunity through hugely popular clinic appearances.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Tell Me Baby (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
2. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
3. Suck My Kiss (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. By The Way (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
5. Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F'Wit (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

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Jimmy Chamberlin

Born - 06/1964 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Jimmy Chamberlin

Trained as a jazz drummer, Chamberlin's style is integral to The Smashing Pumpkins. Propelling songs with intensity, quick snare rolls and flourishes. He is a master of unleashing dynamics with the lightest of touch. He has also been very active doing drum clinics, and playing with his own band - The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Cherub Rock (The Smashing Pumpkins)
2. Geek USA (The Smashing Pumpkins)
3. Tales Of A Scorched Earth (The Smashing Pumpkins)
4. Tonight, Tonight (The Smashing Pumpkins)
5. Cranes Of Prey (The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex)

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Tre Cool

Born - 12/1972 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Punk Rock

Tre Cool

Green Day may not play fusion or write songs in freaky time signatures, but playing punk rock demands boundless energy, speed, and the ability to make an arena full of people go berserk by nailing those solid beats. Tre Cool has all these qualities in spades.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Welcome To Paradise (Green Day)
2. Geek Stink Breath (Green Day)
3. Nice Guys Finish Last (Green Day)
4. Warning (Green Day)
5. Jesus Of Suburbia (Green Day)

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Josh Freese

Born - 12/1972 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Rock

Josh Freese

Nicknamed 'The Bruce Lee Of Drums' because of his speed, accuracy and adaptability, Josh Freese has lent his magic touch to everyone from Avril Lavigne to Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails and Katy Perry. Somehow he always manages to make it look easy, which is either very inspiring or demoralising.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Shoogagoogagunga (Dweezil Zappa)
2. Monopoly On Sorrow (Suicidal Tendencies)
3. Tourniquet (Evanescence)
4. Judith (A Perfect Circle)
5. The Outsider (A Perfect Circle)

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Danny Carey

Born - 05/1961 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Progressive Metal

Danny Carey

The band 'Tool' used to be lumped in with the nu-metal movement, which is funny when you think that drummer and founder Carey is fond of some fiendishly complex polyrhythms that would send Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit sobbing to their mothers. He's also an expert in the occult and basketball aswell.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Opiate (Tool)
2. Stinkfist (Tool)
3. Enema (Tool)
4. Lateralus (Tool)
5. Schism (Tool)

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Joey Jordison

Born - 04/1975 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Joey Jordison

You wouldn't want to find him in your wardrobe, but the scariest thing about Jordison is the brutal double kick work that has elevated his band 'Slipknot' from pantomime villains to metal overlords since 1999's Slipknot album. He is the face, hands and feet of modern metal. No wonder he's #1.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Surfacing (Slipknot)
2. Opium Of The People (Slipknot)
3. The Blister Exists (Slipknot)
4. Duality (Slipknot)
5. Danger - Keep Away (Slipknot)

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Gavin Harrison

Born - 05/1963 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Prog Rock

Gavin Harrison

For years Gavin Harrison seemed ahead of his time with his fiendish, mathmatical 'rhythmic illusions'. But more drummers are turning on to his intelligent and super-tight drumming with 'Porcupine Tree'. A new British drumming hero.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Anesthetize (Porcupine Tree)
2. Nil Recurring (Porcupine)
3. Aduna (Yasuaki Shimizu)
4. New Jerusalem (Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin)
5. Sailing (OSRic And Gavin Harrison)

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Brann Dailor

Born - 03/1975 | Nationality - American |
Genre - Heavy Metal

Brann Dailor

Who would have ever thought that a band naming themselves 'Breast Beast' and playing mega-aggressive prog-metal would have managed to break big. Weel think again. With flames tattooed on his throat, 'Mastodon's' fiery drummer Dailor has been absolutely vital to their success. What's more, his thuderous, fill-heavy beats have prompted none other than Dave Grohl to pronounce him as "the best drummer in the world".

Top 5 tracks:
1. Megalodon (Mastodon)
2. The Wolf Is Loose (Mastodon)
3. Crystal Skull (Mastodon)
4. Colony Of Birchmen (Mastodon)
5. Capillarian (Mastodon)

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JoJo Mayer

Born - 01/1963 | Nationality - Swiss |
Genre - Drum'n'Bass/Fusion

JoJo Mayer

After starting out performing with jazz giants Dizzie Gillespie and Nina Simone, JoJo Mayer entered uncharted territory by performing drum'n'bass and jungle rhythms on acoustic drums. Famed for his technique, Mayer has become a major star of the drum clinic circuit.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Secret Weapons For The Modern Drummer (JoJo Mayer)
2. Lunar Crush (Nerve)
3. Pacifica (Nerve)
4. Blue In Green (Screaming Headless Torso)
5. Another Sucka (Screaming Headless Torso)

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Thomas Lang

Born - 08/1967 | Nationality - Austrian |
Genre - Rock, Pop, Sessions

Thomas Lang

As the world's number 1 drum clinician, Austrian drum maestro Thomas Lang is equally at home playing teeny pop as he is with brain-fryingly complex prog rock. Few musicians could ever have worked with Irish pop band 'B*Witched' and prog legend John Wetton, but Thomas manages to pull it off without even breaking into a sweat. Thomas's best selling tuition DVDs and his technically astounding drum clinics all confirm his truly inspirational status.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Arkangel (John Wetton)
2. Desperate Times (John Wetton)
3. Ec Ce Machina (Thomas Lang)
4. Rhetoric Of Rhythm (Thomas Lang)
5. Groovemat (Thomas Lang)

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Dominic Howard

Born - 12/1977 | Nationality - British |
Genre - Rock

Dominic Howard

Without Dominic's supermassive beats, 'Muse' would be as inconsequential as a puff of space dust. Howard is the rock'n'roll substance to singer Matt Bellamy's operatic style. He's an excellent technician who plays with a human passion, and a real beacon of pedigree amongst his hit 'n' hope peers.

Top 5 tracks:
1. Assassin (Muse)
2. New Born (Muse)
3. Apocalypse Please (Muse)
4. Butterflies And Hurricanes (Muse)
5. Stockholm Syndrome (muse)

So, there we have it. The 100 Most Influential Drummers Ever! But, there are still plenty of other players that didn't quite make the top 100. Here are some that just missed the cut...

Taylor Hawkins, Stanton Moore, Shelley Manne, Simon Phillips, Manu Katche, Lionel Hampton, Omar Hakim, Dave Tough, Stephen Perkins, and Jeff 'Tain' Watts.

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